ROMEO & BERNADETTE Transfers to Theatre Row on March 17

Judy McLane, Carlos Lopez, Michael Notardonato, Ari Raskin, Anna Kostakis, Nikita Burshteyn, Zach Schanne, and Viet Vo in Romeo & Bernadette. Photo by Russ Rowland

The Off-Broadway production of Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn with book and lyrics by Mark Saltzman, music adapted from classic Italian melodies, and directed and choreographed by Justin Ross Cohen will move from the 99-seat Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres to the 199-seat Theatre 3 (formerly The Acorn) at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street – between 9th and Dyer Avenues) for an open-ended engagement. Previews are set to begin on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 with an official re-opening on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Tickets be available through Telecharge beginning March 1, 2020.

The cast of Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn will also head into the studio to set down tracks for a cast recording on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Yellow Sound Label will release the 2020 Off-Broadway cast recording which will be available for purchase in late March. Please visit www.romeoandbernadette.com for further information.

Romeo-yes, THAT Romeo-finds himself in 1960 Brooklyn, chasing a girl he believes is his beloved Juliet. But no, it’s Bernadette, the beautiful, foul-mouthed daughter of a crime family in this wild spoof of Shakespeare’s timeless tale.

The cast for Romeo & Bernadette is: Nikita Burshteyn (Newsies), Anna Kostakis (NY debut), Carlos Lopez (Man of La Mancha), Michael Marotta (Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia), Michael Notardonato (NY debut), Ari Raskin (NY debut), Troy Valjean Rucker (August Rush – Upcoming B’wy), Zach Schanne (Pippin), and Viet Vo (Viet Gone).

The creative team is Walt Spangler (Scenic Design), Fabio Toblini and Joseph Schrope (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), One Dream Sound (Sound Design), Aaron Gandy (Music Director), Steve Orich (Musical Supervision/Arrangements/Orchestrations), Kathryn Ann Wright (Associate Choreographer). Christine Viega is the Production Stage Manager. Casting is by Carol Hanzel Casting, CSA.

The current production Off-Broadway premiere of Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, presented by Amas Musical Theatre, in association with Eric Krebs, will play its final performance at today’s matinee at 3pm at the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres 502 West 53rd Street (10th Avenue & 53rd Street) where performances began Tuesday, January 14, 2020 followed by the official opening on January 23, 2020.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, Chay Yew, Daisuke Tsuji, HOLD THESE TRUTH’s Ryun Yu Win San Diego’s 2019 Craig Noel Awards; Full List of Winners

The cast of “Cambodian Rock Band” (from left): Joe Ngo, Moses Villarama, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Daisuke Tsuji, James Ryen (understudy), and Brooke Ishibashi. Photo courtesy of La Jolla Playhouse/Facebook
Chay Yew. Photo by Lia Chang
Chay Yew. Photo by Lia Chang

Lauren Yee’s “Cambodian Rock Band” and Jeanne Sakata’s “Hold These Truths” are the gifts that keep on giving. La Jolla Playhouse’s production of “Cambodian Rock Band” won 3 2019 Craig Noel Awards including Outstanding Dramatic Production, Outstanding Direction of a Play for Chay Yew and Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play for Daisuke Tsuji

The year’s Outstanding Solo Performance award went to Ryun Yu, who starred in Jeanne Sakata’s “Hold these Truths” at San Diego Rep.

Ryun Yu, Daisuki Tsuji, Brooke Ishibashi and La Jolla Playhouse Producing Director Eric Keen-Louie at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego for the 2019 Craig Noel Awards on February 10, 2020. Photo courtesy of The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle

The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the 2019 Craig Noel Awards before an audience of more than 450 guests at the annual ceremony on Feb. 10, 2020, at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego. Now in its 18th year, the Craig Noel Awards honor the achievements of professional theaters in San Diego County.

Ryun Yu as Gordon Hirabayashi in “Hold These Truths”. Photo credit: Patrick Weishampel/Courtesy Portland Center Stage
Ryun Yu as Gordon Hirabayashi in “Hold These Truths”. Photo credit: Patrick Weishampel/Courtesy Portland Center Stage

Ryun Yu Stars in San Diego REP’s Production of Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS, November 14 – December 8 

The Old Globe’s “Almost Famous” won the award for Outstanding New Musical. Moonlight Stage Production’s “West Side Story” is the year’s Outstanding Resident Musical. And playwright Miranda Rose Hall’s “The Hour of Great Mercy” was named Outstanding New Play in its world premiere at Diversionary Theatre.

Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company was singled out for the annual Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Small Theater Company for its body of work in 2019.

The rarely-presented Director of the Year honor went to Rob Lutfy, who helmed four strong productions in 2019 at Cygnet Theatre, where he serves as associate artistic director.

The 2019 Actors of the Year are Cashae Monya and Michael Cusimano, who both performed impressively in four or more productions last year.

The year’s Outstanding Ensemble award went to the cast of Cygnet Theatre’s “Angels in America,” Parts 1 & 2. The cast included Connor Sullivan, Wil Bethmann, Alex Bodine, Rosina Reynolds, James Newcomb, Rachael VanWormer, Kevane La’Marr Coleman and Debra Wanger.

The first-ever Outstanding Specialty Artist award went to dialect and accent coach Vanessa Dinning who worked on eight productions at six San Diego theaters in 2019. And the year’s Outstanding Young Artist is 12-year-old Catalina Zelles.

This was the first year the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented non-gender-specific awards in all of its performance categories, a cause celebrated by Jeremy Wilson, a non-binary artist who won the Lead Performance in a Musical award for the title role in Diversionary’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” At the podium, Wilson said it was an honor to win in the mixed-gender category because it made them feel “seen” and validated by the community at large.

The 2019 Craig Noel Awards Are:
Outstanding Dramatic Production
“Cambodian Rock Band,” La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding New Musical
“Almost Famous,” The Old Globe

Outstanding Resident Musical
“West Side Story,” Moonlight Stage Productions

Outstanding New Play
“The Hour of Great Mercy” by Miranda Rose Hall, Diversionary Theatre

Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theater Company
Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company

Outstanding Director of the Year
Rob Lutfy (“The Virgin Trial,” “The Last Five Years,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Marie and Rosetta”)

Actor of the Year
· Michael Cusimano (“Girlfriend,” “The Last Five Years,” “A Jewel in the Crown City,” “Lamb’s Players Festival of Christmas,” “The Tale of Despereaux”-swing)
· Cashae Monya (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Intimate Apparel,” “A Jewel in the Crown City,” “Little Shop of Horrors”)

Outstanding Young Artist/Sandra Ellis-Troy Scholarship
Catalina Zelles – “Gabriel,” North Coast Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Specialty Artist
Vanessa Dinning (dialects/accents/musical performance)

Outstanding Direction of a Play
Chay Yew – “Cambodian Rock Band,” La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Barry Edelstein – “Life After” – The Old Globe

Outstanding Musical Direction
Bryan Perri – “Almost Famous,” The Old Globe

Outstanding Choreography
Colleen Kollar Smith – “Matilda the Musical,” Moonlight Stage Productions

Outstanding Scenic Design
Tony Cucuzzella – “An Experiment with an Air Pump,” Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company

Outstanding Sound Design
Steven Leffue – “Angels in America,” Parts 1 & 2, Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design
Elisa Benzoni – “Amadeus,” North Coast Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design
Japhy Weideman – “Life After” – The Old Globe

Outstanding Projection Design
Blake McCarty – ” 33 1/3 House of Dreams,” San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble
“Angels in America,” Parts 1 & 2, Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding Solo Performance
Ryun Yu – “Hold These Truths,” San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play
· Tamara McMillian – “Intimate Apparel,” New Village Arts
· Andrew Oswald – “The Hour of Great Mercy,” Diversionary Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play
· Jessica John – “An Experiment with an Air Pump,” Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company
· Daisuke Tsuji – “Cambodian Rock Band,” La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical
· Sophie Hearn – “Life After” – The Old Globe
· Jeremy Wilson – “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” Diversionary Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical
· Courtney Arango – “West Side Story,” Moonlight Stage Productions
· Charles Evans, Jr. – “Million Dollar Quartet,” Lamb’s Players Theatre

The 2019 awardees were chosen by a nine-member body of professional critics who write for San Diego newspapers, magazines, online publications and blogs.

This year’s awards ceremony was organized by event chair Julie Sarno. Financial support was provided by individual donors Larry and Dawn Alldredge; Lon and Denise Bevers; Stanley Cohen; Jay and Julie Sarno; Bill and Judy Garrett; Harvey and Sheryl White; Dea and Osborn Hurston; Weston Anson; Wendy Nash; Jerry Buckley; Nancy Richards; Ralph Johnson; Arthur and Marilyn Neumann; and Darlene Davies. The event was also underwritten by sponsors: the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation; UC San Diego and Mike Napoli & Performing Arts Live.

Founded in 1983 and re-established in 2002, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is an independent, nonprofit organization of print and online theater critics dedicated to open and honest dialogue about theater in San Diego County and to honoring artistic excellence. The members of our organization are professional critics writing for daily newspapers, magazines, entertainment trade publications and websites in San Diego County. In 2002, the awards were renamed in honor of Craig Noel, longtime artistic director at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and the founding father of San Diego’s theater community, who passed away in 2010.

For information, visit sdcriticscircle.org or their Facebook page

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Ogunquit Playhouse Presents World Premiere of BD Wong and Wayne Barker’s New Musical MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, August 1 -22

BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang
BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang
BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang

The Ogunquit Playhouse is presenting the world premiere of the funny and heartwarming musical adaptation of Mr. Holland’s Opus, helmed by Tony Award-winner BD Wong, August 1 – August 22.

Collaborators BD Wong and Wayne Barker. Photo by Lia Chang
Collaborators BD Wong and Wayne Barker. Photo by Lia Chang

Mr. Holland’s Opus features music by Tony Award-nominee Wayne Barker and book and lyrics by Tony Award-winner BD Wong, Mr. Holland’s Opus follows an aspiring young composer who begrudgingly takes a job as a high school music teacher “temporarily” to make ends meet while starting a family with his new wife. Life has its own plans, and his “temporary” job stretches over four decades and his dream of composing a great symphony is forced to take a back seat, as he struggles with the challenges of parenthood and unfulfilled dreams – until he realizes that teaching is his true calling. Adapted from the beloved Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film written by Patrick Sheane Duncan, this funny and moving show is a bouyant love letter to the essential joy of making music, parenthood, and the special place we keep in our hearts for our favorite teachers. Who was your Mr. Holland?

BD Wong – Broadway: M. Butterfly (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Clarence Derwent, Theater World Awards), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Pacific Overtures. Authored the critically-acclaimed memoir Following Foo (Harper Entertainment). Directed and co-wrote Alice Chan (La Jolla Playhouse POP Tour, co-written with Robert Lee), The Yellow Wood (NYMF) and Speak Up Connie(All For One Festival). Off-Broadway: As Thousands Cheer, Shanghai Moon, A Language of Their Own. Television: Mr. Robot(Emmy and Critics Choice nominations), Something’s Killing Me, Gotham, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, Law & Order: SVU (eleven seasons), Oz, All-American Girl, Awkwafina is Nora From Queens. Film: Bird Box, Focus, The Salton Sea, Mulan, Seven Years in Tibet, Father of the Bride. Principal photography for Jurassic World 3 (his fourth of the “Jurassic” franchise) begins in 2020. Currently directing the ongoing workshop of Mr. Holland’s Opus, the musical adaptation that he co-wrote with composer Wayne Barker, at the Wilson Center of Performing Arts in Wilmington, NC. He sits on the Boards of Trustees of Rosie’s Theater Kids and the Actor’s Fund of America

Bradford Kenney, Ogunquit Playhouse Executive Artistic Director shared, “We have been working closely with Tony-winner BD Wong and Tony-nominee Wayne Barker over the last several years on the development of the new musical adaptation of Mr. Holland’s Opus, and we are thrilled to produce its world premiere for Playhouse audiences this year…. The cultivation of new works is now part of our mission as we produce world-class performances, tell the most compelling stories, and challenge and inspire our audiences in new ways. We are honored that these wonderful new shows will be seen alongside the entire season this year at Ogunquit Playhouse.”

Five-show season ticket subscriptions are on sale now and the only way to guarantee the best seats for the best price to these exciting shows! Three and four-show subscriptions are on sale beginning Tuesday, February 18. Prices start at only $250 for a five-show subscription and $150 for a three-show subscription. Individual tickets are on sale exclusively for Ogunquit Playhouse Members starting March 11. Individual public ticket sales begin Wednesday, March 18 with prices starting at $53. Gift certificates are also on sale online and through the Box Office. To learn more about becoming a Member, season subscriber, or to purchase tickets and gift certificates, visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call the Box Office at 207-646-5511.

Justin Chien, Christine Lin, Grant Chang and James Eckhouse Set for BD Wong Helmed THE GREAT LEAP by Lauren Yee at Pasadena Playhouse, November 6 – December 1 

Photos and Video: Pre-show Spotlight Discussion with Lauren Yee, Playwright of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

Signature Theatre presented a pre-show Spotlight Discussion with Playwright Lauren Yee, the author of Cambodian Rock Band, currently in previews on the Irene Diamond Stage on February 12. The Signature Spotlight Series is sponsored by American Express. Click on the video to watch the talk moderated by Beth Whitaker, Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director.

The play opens on February 24 and has been extended through March 15.

Cambodian Rock Band is an intimate rock epic about family secrets set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history. It launches 2019 Steinberg Playwright Award recipient Lauren Yee’s Residency 5.

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND cast members Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Moses Villarama and Courtney Reed. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Chay Yew and featuring the songs of Dengue Fever, the cast includes Francis Jue as Duch, Abraham Kim as Rom, Jane Lui as Pou, Joe Ngo as Chum, Courtney Reed as Neary/Sothea and Moses Villarama as Ted/Leng.

Beth Whitaker, Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director with playwright Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past.

Spotlight on Lauren Yee at Signature Theatre in New York on February 12, 2020. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team for Cambodian Rock Band includes Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), David Weiner (Lighting Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design), Luke Norby (Projection Design), Matt MacNelly (Music Supervision) and Unkle Dave’s Fight-House (Fight Director). The Production Stage Manager is Charles M. Turner III and casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.

Spotlight on Lauren Yee at Signature Theatre in New York on February 12, 2020. Photo by Lia Chang

Upcoming special programming for Cambodian Rock Band.

Sunday, February 16 – Khmer Community Day on February 16 at 2:00 pm.

Thursday, February 27 – Talkbacks with members of the cast and creative team after the show

Thursday, March 5 – Talkbacks with members of the cast and creative team after the show

Wednesday, March 11 – Asian American night dedicated to audience members of Asian descent, featuring a pre-show chat with playwright Lauren Yee, as well as a post-show happy hour. Use code CRBAA at checkout.

To purchase tickets for all Signature Productions call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.

Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco. She currently lives in New York City. Her CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, with music by Dengue Fever and others, premiered at South Coast Rep, with subsequent productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Victory Gardens, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Signature Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and Jungle Theatre. 

Beth Whitaker, Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director with playwright Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

Her play THE GREAT LEAP has been produced at Denver Center, Seattle Rep, Atlantic Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, and Steppenwolf, with future productions at Long Wharf, Cygnet Theatre, and Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama.

Beth Whitaker, Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director with playwright Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

She is the winner of the Doris Duke Artists Award, the 2019 Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, the Francesca Primus Prize and a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton. She has been a finalist for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her plays were the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List.

Asia Society’s Rachel Cooper, Lauren Yee and Beth Whitaker, Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director. Photo by Lia Chang

Lauren is a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists member (class of 2025), Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member, former Princeton University Hodder fellow, and Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. Her TV work includes Pachinko(Apple) and Soundtrack(Netflix). She is currently under commission from Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, South Coast Rep. She completed her BA at Yale and her MFA at UCSD. www.laurenyee.com

The groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, which recently celebrated its one-millionth ticket sold, is a program that guarantees affordable tickets to every Signature production through 2031. Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Margot Adams, The SHS Foundation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Video and Photos: Inside the 2nd Asian American Night of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre

Inside Asian American Night at Signature’s First Preview of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND

Asian American Night for 1st Preview of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Featuring Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed, Moses Villarama at Signature Theatre Tonight 

Inside AAPI Happy Hour Featuring The Cyclos; Signature Theatre Extends Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND through March 15 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Happy Hour In Celebration of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre on January 15 

Lauren Yee and Jackie Sibblies Drury Receive 2019 Steinberg Playwright Awards at the 12th Annual “Mimi” Awards

The Rise of Playwright Lauren Yee 

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Minami Yusui Joins Cast of Encores! LOVE LIFE, March 18 – 22

Minami Yusui

Minami Yusui has joined the cast of the New York City Center Encores! production of Love Life. The cast features Kate Baldwin (Susan Cooper) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Sam Cooper) are John Edwards (Hobo), Sara Jean Ford (Miss Ideal Man), Isabella Houston (Elizabeth Cooper), Owen Tabaka (Johnny Cooper), and Clarke Thorell (Bill/Mr. Cynic).

In addition to Ms. Yusui, the ensemble includes Adam Bashian, Sarah Bowden, Jonathan Christopher, Kerry Conte, Sara Esty, Daniel Everidge, Maria Failla, Shiloh Goodin, Mary Illes, Andrea Jones-Soloja, Cory Lingner, John-Michael Lyles, Renni Anthony Magee, Tiffany Mann, Kristin Piro, Heath Saunders, Dave Schoonover, Daniel Schwait, Allyson Tucker, Vishal Vaidya, and Ryan Worsing.

Directed by Tony Award winner Victoria Clark, with choreography by Joann Hunter, Love Life depicts more than a century and a half of American history through the eyes of a family who never ages and the challenges they face in a rapidly changing world-from the post-revolutionary era to bustling post-World War II America. Accentuated with vaudevillian acts and satiric barbs, Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s rarely seen 1948 collaboration is considered by some to be the first “concept musical” and an inspiration for generations of musical theater favorites with Encores! Orchestra Music Director Rob Berman.

The production runs for seven performances at New York City Center from March 18 – 22. Performances are Wed & Thu 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2 & 8pm, Sun 2 & 7pm.

Minami Yusui is delighted to make her Encores! debut. Broadway: My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, The King and I. National Tour/International: Mary Poppins, Wicked (Japan). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed, Maine State Music Theatre, Walnut Street, TUTS, Weston, Pasadena Playhouse, Assistant Director and Translator for the Japanese premiere production of Spring Awakening. Native of Kanazawa, Japan. @minamiyusui www.minamiyusui.com

 

Photos and Video: The Cast of HADESTOWN Celebrates Rachel Chavkin and Jordan Roth at NYTW Gala

Rachel Chavkin and Jordan Roth. Photo by Lia Chang

Congratulation to NYTW Usual Suspect & Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Three Pianos at NYTW) and Tony Award-winning producer Jordan Roth (Producer of Hadestown; President of Jujamcyn Theaters), who were honored at New York Theatre Workshop’s 2020 Gala on February 3 at Capitale in New York.

Jordan Roth, André De Shields, Khaila Wilcoxon, Kimberly Marable, Dana Lyn, Kay Trinidad, Rachel Chavkin, Ben Perowsky, Malcolm Armwood, Afra Hines, Jessie Shelton, Rachel Hauck, Liam Robinson, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Brian Drye. Photo by Lia Chang

Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown), Tony Award nominee Amber Gray (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Tony Award nominee Patrick Page (Hadestown), Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney & members of the cast and band of the Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown kicked off the evening’s festivities singing “Way Down Hadestown”. Check out the video below for excerpts of the performance.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Khaila Wilcoxon, Brian Drye, Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Afra Hines and Malcolm Armwood. Photo by Lia Chang

Ana Gasteyer (“Saturday Night Live”) served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Other performers and presenters included Tony Award nominee Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812); Emmy Award winner Rachel Brosnahan (Othello, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”); Tony Award nominee Anna Deavere Smith (Notes from the Field); Tony Award nominee Taylor Mac (Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus); Tony Award nominee Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Three Pianos); Obie Award winner Heather Christian (Animal Wisdom); The Bengsons (Hundred Days).

Dave Malloy, Rachel Chavkin and Amber Gray. Photo by Lia Chang

The evening’s program was directed by Kevin Cahoon (“Glow,” The Nerd), scripted by Josh Koenigsberg (“Orange is the New Black”) and featured musical direction by William Shuler (Pippin National Tour). The live auction was  conducted by Robbie Gordy.

Josh Groban, Denée Benton and Rachel Chavkin. Photo by Lia Chang

Rachel Chavkin received the 2019 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director of a Musical for Hadestown. She is a director, writer, and dramaturg, as well as the founding Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based ensemble the TEAM (theteamplays.org) whose work has been seen all over London and the U.K. including The National Theatre, the Royal Court, and multiple collaborations with The National Theatre of Scotland. Selected freelance work: Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, A.R.T., Broadway), Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer’s Lempicka (Williamstown), Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Old Globe, Lincoln Center), Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Off-Broadway, national tour), Sarah Gancher’s I’ll Get You Back Again (Round House), and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac including The Lily’s Revenge, Act 2 (HERE). In addition to her awards for Hadestown, Chavkin is a recipient of a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical, three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, multiple Lortel Award nominations, two Doris Duke Impact Award nominations, and the 2017 Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity along with Dave Malloy, with whom she is working on an upcoming adaptation of Moby Dick (A.R.T. December 2019). Her first film, Remind Me, was an official selection of the Venice and Beverly Hills Film Festivals. Proud NYTW Usual Suspect and Member SDC.

Mara Isaacs, André De Shields, Jordan Roth. Photo by Lia Chang

Jordan Roth is recognized as a style influencer and talented creator. As President of Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan champions shows that push the boundaries of Broadway and creates uniquely welcoming experiences for audiences and artists. He has won five Tony Awards, including Hadestown (2019 Best Musical); Angels in America (2018 Best Revival of a Play), which broke records as the most Tony-nominated play in Broadway history; Kinky Boots (2013 Best Musical); Clybourne Park (2012 Best Play) and Hair (2009 Best Revival of a Musical).

Rachel Chavkin and Jordan Roth. Photo by Lia Chang

The NYTW Annual Gala raises nearly 10% of the Off-Broadway company’s annual budget. Funds raised at this one-night-only event help NYTW to mount five world class productions each season and to share them with more than 50,000 audience members. Proceeds also support NYTW’s Artist Workshop activities through which nearly 2,000 artists develop more than 80 projects each year and their Education Initiatives including Learning Workshop, Mind the Gap, and Public Programs that serve over 1,600 students of all ages.

Jordan Roth and his MOULIN ROUGE family Catherine Zuber, Sonya Tayeh, Sahr Ngaujah, Alex Timbers. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang. Photo by Malcolm Armwood

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

2020 Bistro Award Winner Elizabeth Ward Land Returns to The Green Room 42 with STILL WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE: THE SONGS OF LINDA RONSTADT on February 15

Congratulations to Broadway veteran Elizabeth Ward Land (AMAZING GRACE, MEMPHIS, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL) who will receive the 2020 Bistro Award for Best Tribute Show for her acclaimed show STILL WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE: THE SONGS OF LINDA RONSTADT at The 35th Annual Bistro Awards Gala at Gotham Comedy Club on March 9.

Elizabeth Ward Land. Photo by Lia Chang

Elizabeth Ward Land and Company return to The Green Room 42 for a one-night only encore performance, February 15, 2020 at 7pm to celebrate The Green Room 42’s 3rd Birthday.

Catherine Porter, Elizabeth Ward Land and Joel Waggoner. Photo by Lia Chang

Touching on genres ranging from rock, country, folk, light opera, big band and mariachi, Elizabeth Ward Land finds her perfect vocal match in this salute to the great Linda Ronstadt. Tracing her life to the songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers vast catalogue, including YOU’RE NO GOOD, BLUE BAYOU, FRENESI, and LONG, LONG TIME, the evening promises something for every music lover. Featuring special guests Catherine Porter (NEXT TO NORMAL) and Joel Waggoner (BE MORE CHILL), the show is directed by Alan Muraoka (SESAME STREET), with music supervision by Brad Simmons and arrangements by Andrew David Sotomayor (CURVY WIDOW): vocal arrangements by Joel Waggoner. Kevin Kuhn (guitars), Arie Sekiguchi (drums) and Jordan Jancz (bass/cello) Tickets are $25- $75. wwwTheGreenRoom42.com

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“There simply are not words sufficient to convey what Land’s vocals can produce. Gorgeous, swaying cathedral bells are the best we can do.“ Bobby Patrick, BROADWAY WORLD

“Ambitious, intricate, and poignant” Stephen Hanks, WOMAN ABOUT TOWN

“An excellent storyteller, some magnificent harmonies, – truly engaging from start to finish.” Aron Bederson, CABARET HOT SPOT

“She just has one of the voices bestowed from above- with a wide ranging instrument, clear as a bell and absolutely stunning.” Betsyann Faiella Bistro, Bistro Awards

Elizabeth Ward Land is known for her versatility across the entertainment industry. Her Broadway and tour credits include AMAZING GRACE, MEMPHIS, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, PASSION, CITY OF ANGELS, LES MISERABLES, THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. Off-Broadway, she was seen in CURVY WIDOW, SOUTHERN COMFORT, THE GREEN HEART and HELLO AGAIN. She has starred at many of the nations finest regional theaters, including The Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, The Alliance and GeVa. Film/TV: YOUNG ADULT, BOY MEETS GIRL, THE GATHERING; THE GOOD FIGHT, ELEMENTARY, HIGH MAINTENANCE, THE BLACKLIST, BOARDWALK EMPIRE and MADAM SECRETARY. Her acclaimed debut CD, FIRST HARVEST, released by LMLMusic is available on ITunes. She is married to actor Ken Land; plays oboe, piano, guitar, and loves cats. www.ElizabethWardLand.com

“The Green Room 42 is Broadway’s newest urban entertainment cabaret club, that since its opening on Valentines day has featured Broadway names like Alice Ripley, Telly Leung, Josh Groban, Eva Noblezada, Lilias White, James Snyder The Skivvies (Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley), Matt Doyle, Constantine Maroulis, and many more. Located on the fourth floor of YOTEL NYC, The Green Room 42 boasts a funky new vibe, and no food or beverage minimum opening up the cabaret industry to an affordable, relaxed atmosphere, perfect for theatre people and theatre fans alike.”

Red Bull Theater to Honor André De Shields, Kate Burton and TDF With Matador Awards for Excellence in Classical Theater on March 30

Jesse Berger – Red Bull Theater Founder and Artistic Director, Jim Bredeson – Red Bull Managing Director, and the Board of Trustees of Red Bull Theater have announced that the Twelfth Annual Running of the Red Bulls Gala Benefit on Monday March 30th will celebrate the company’s 17th Season and honor Kate Burton, André De Shields, and Theatre Development Fund with the 2020 Matador Awards for Excellence in Classical Theater. Proceeds from the evening will support all of Red Bull Theater’s programs including its upcoming Off-Broadway production of The Alchemist.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

“The entire organization is thrilled to celebrate this year’s honorees who have made their mark on the Classical Theater. Kate Burton… transcendent. André De Shields… illustrious. The Theatre Development Fund… essential. Burton and De Shields have created iconic interpretations of some of Shakespeare’s greatest roles and the Theatre Development Fund, through its various programs, support Red Bull Theater’s mission to share great classic stories in many ways. All three of this year’s honorees are icons of the American theater and we’re pleased to honor them with Matador Awards at our singular gala event,” said Mr. Bredeson.

André De Shields and Charlayne Woodard. Photo by Lia Chang

This unforgettable evening of fun and frolic will be hosted by Obie Award-winner Charlayne Woodard (Ryan Murphy’s “Pose,” The Witch of Edmonton for Red Bull Theater, “Daddy,” Hamlet, In the Blood); Arnie Burton (currently appearing in Timon of Athens for the RSC/TFANA; other NY credits include The Government Inspector, The 39 Steps, Machinal, Peter and the Starcatcher); and Stephen DeRosa (The Government Inspector, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, On the Town, Hairspray, Henry IV, Into the Woods). The evening will feature a bevy of surprises and special guests, fine dining, and live entertainment as Red Bull Theater celebrates another successful season. This intimate soiree will be held at the chic Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery at East 3rd Street).

Begun in 2009, Matador Awards are given annually to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary talent, service, or significant achievement in the Classical Theater. Previous honorees have included Oscar Isaac, Patrick Stewart, Fund for the City of New York, Lynn Redgrave, Lily Rabe, Martha Plimpton, Condola Rashad, Liev Schreiber, Hamish Linklater, George Forbes, Olympia Dukakis, the American Theatre Wing, Jack O’Brien, Michael Kahn, and Daniel Sullivan.

This year Red Bull Theater will honor:

Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater

Kate Burton
The daughter of two celebrated Shakespearean actors, Kate has played Viola, Juliet, Desdemona, and Isabella. Her performances in both Coriolanus and Cymbeline for Shakespeare in the Park were uniformly praised, and in 2018 she was lauded for her Prospera in The Tempest for The Old Globe. A three-time Tony and Emmy Award nominee, she was last seen on Broadway opposite Kevin Kline in Present Laughter. On television, she is best known for her work in “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater

André De Shields

At the age of 73, De Shields was the triple crown winner of the 2019 award season (also securing an Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award along with his Tony).

The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, which honors veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields recently received the 2020 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album, 2019 Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 SAGE Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award, The York Theatre Company’s 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre, and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He r received the Key to the City of Baltimore from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young in August. Prior to his Tony Award win, Mr. De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), Play On! (Tony Nomination), and The Full Monty (Tony Nomination). In a career spanning fifty years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Legend Award, and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. De Shields can currently be seen on Netflix as the Algebra Tutor in John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch”. He has received praise for his classical work, including King Lear at Classical Theater of Harlem and Red Bull’s own The Witch of Edmonton.

George Mayer Matador Award for Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater

Theatre Development Fund (TDF)
TDF is a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. Founded in 1968, TDF’s mission is to sustain live theatre and dance by engaging and cultivating a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. TDF fulfills its mission with a variety of programs that expand access, cultivate communities and support the makers of the performing arts. Executive Director Victoria Bailey will accept the award.

Running of the Red Bulls is Red Bull Theater’s most significant annual fundraising event. Matador Awards for Excellence are given annually to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary talent, service, or significant achievements in the Classical Theater.

Asian American Night for 1st Preview of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Featuring Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Courtney Reed, Moses Villarama at Signature Theatre Tonight

It’s Asian American night for tonight’s first preview of Lauren Yee’s Award winning play Cambodian Rock Band, helmed by Chay Yew and featuring the songs of Dengue Fever, on the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Opening night is Monday, February 24.

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND playwright Lauren Yee and director Chay Yew. Photo by Lia Chang

Tonight’s performance is dedicated to audience members of Asian descent, featuring a pre-show chat with playwright Lauren Yee, as well as a post-show happy hour. Use code CRBAA at checkout. Due to popular demand, the production has been extended through March 15, 2020. Click here for more information.

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND cast members Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, Francis Jue, Abraham Kim, Moses Villarama and Courtney Reed. Photo by Lia Chang

Cambodian Rock Band is an intimate rock epic about family secrets set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history. It launches 2019 Steinberg Playwright Award recipient Lauren Yee’s Residency 5.

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND playwright Lauren Yee, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, director Chay Yew, Francis Jue, Moses Villarama, Music Supervisor Matt MacNelly, Courtney Reed and Abraham Kim. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast includes Francis Jue as Duch, Abraham Kim as Rom, Jane Lui as Pou, Joe Ngo as Chum, Courtney Reed as Neary/Sothea and Moses Villarama as Ted/Leng.

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND playwright Lauren Yee, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, director Chay Yew, Francis Jue, Moses Villarama, Music Supervisor Matt MacNelly, Courtney Reed and Abraham Kim. Photo by Lia Chang

Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past.

The Cyclos: Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim, Courtney Reed, Moses Villarama, Jane Lui. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team for Cambodian Rock Band includes Takeshi Kata (Scenic Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), David Weiner (Lighting Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design), Luke Norby (Projection Design), Matt MacNelly (Music Supervision) and Unkle Dave’s Fight-House (Fight Director). The Production Stage Manager is Charles M. Turner III and casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.

Additionally, Signature Theatre will host several special events at The Pershing Square Signature Center in conjunction with its run of Cambodian Rock Band. Signature Spotlight Series is sponsored by American Express.

Schedule of special events:
Tuesday, February 4 – Asian American night dedicated to audience members of Asian descent, featuring a pre-show chat with playwright Lauren Yee, as well as a post-show happy hour. Use code CRBAA at checkout.

Sunday, February 9 – Asian American night dedicated to audience members of Asian descent, featuring a pre-show chat with playwright Lauren Yee, as well as a post-show happy hour. Sold-out

Wednesday, February 12 – Pre-show spotlight discussion with Chay Yew and Lauren Yee on Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, February 13 – Talkbacks with members of the cast and creative team after the show

Sunday, February 16 – Khmer Community Day on February 16 at 2:00 pm.

Thursday, February 27 – Talkbacks with members of the cast and creative team after the show

Thursday, March 5 – Talkbacks with members of the cast and creative team after the show

Wednesday, March 11 – Asian American night dedicated to audience members of Asian descent, featuring a pre-show chat with playwright Lauren Yee, as well as a post-show happy hour. Use code CRBAA at checkout.

Courtney Reed, Francis Jue, Moses Villarama perform at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Happy Hour hosted by Signature Theatre in celebration of the New York premiere of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND on January 15, 2020. Photo by Lia Chang

To purchase tickets for all Signature Productions call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.

Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco. She currently lives in New York City. Her CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, with music by Dengue Fever and others, premiered at South Coast Rep, with subsequent productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Victory Gardens, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Signature Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and Jungle Theatre. 

Her play THE GREAT LEAP has been produced at Denver Center, Seattle Rep, Atlantic Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, and Steppenwolf, with future productions at Long Wharf, Cygnet Theatre, and Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama.

She is the winner of the Doris Duke Artists Award, the 2019 Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, the Francesca Primus Prize and a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton. She has been a finalist for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her plays were the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List.

Lauren is a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists member (class of 2025), Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member, former Princeton University Hodder fellow, and Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. Her TV work includes Pachinko(Apple) and Soundtrack(Netflix). She is currently under commission from Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, South Coast Rep. She completed her BA at Yale and her MFA at UCSD. www.laurenyee.com

The groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, which recently celebrated its one-millionth ticket sold, is a program that guarantees affordable tickets to every Signature production through 2031. Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Margot Adams, The SHS Foundation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND playwright Lauren Yee, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, director Chay Yew, Francis Jue, Moses Villarama, Music Supervisor Matt MacNelly, Courtney Reed and Abraham Kim. Photo by Lia Chang

Inside AAPI Happy Hour Featuring The Cyclos; Signature Theatre Extends Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND through March 15 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Happy Hour In Celebration of Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND at Signature Theatre on January 15 

Lauren Yee and Jackie Sibblies Drury Receive 2019 Steinberg Playwright Awards at the 12th Annual “Mimi” Awards

The Rise of Playwright Lauren Yee 

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

André De Shields, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Groban, Taylor Mac and More to Celebrate Rachel Chavkin and Jordan Roth at New York Theatre Workshop’s 2020 Gala on February 3

Jordan Roth. Photo by Lia Chang

NYTW Usual Suspect & Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Three Pianos at NYTW) and Tony Award-winning producer Jordan Roth (Producer of Hadestown; President of Jujamcyn Theaters) will be honored at New York Theatre Workshop’s 2020 Gala on Monday, February 3 at Capitale (130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013).

Rachel Chavkin and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Ana Gasteyer (“Saturday Night Live”) will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Performers and presenters will include Tony Award nominee Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812); Emmy Award winner Rachel Brosnahan (Othello, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”); Tony Award nominee Anna Deavere Smith (Notes from the Field); Tony Award nominee Taylor Mac (Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus); Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown), Tony Award nominee Amber Gray (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Tony Award nominee Patrick Page (Hadestown) & members of the cast of the Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown; Tony Award nominee Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Three Pianos); Obie Award winner Heather Christian (Animal Wisdom); The Bengsons (Hundred Days) and many more.

The evening’s program will be directed by Kevin Cahoon (“Glow,” The Nerd), scripted by Josh Koenigsberg (“Orange is the New Black”) and feature musical direction by William Shuler (Pippin National Tour). The live auction will be conducted by Robbie Gordy.

Rachel Chavkin received the 2019 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director of a Musical for Hadestown. She is a director, writer, and dramaturg, as well as the founding Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based ensemble the TEAM (theteamplays.org) whose work has been seen all over London and the U.K. including The National Theatre, the Royal Court, and multiple collaborations with The National Theatre of Scotland. Selected freelance work: Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, A.R.T., Broadway), Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer’s Lempicka (Williamstown), Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Old Globe, Lincoln Center), Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Off-Broadway, national tour), Sarah Gancher’s I’ll Get You Back Again (Round House), and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac including The Lily’s Revenge, Act 2 (HERE). In addition to her awards for Hadestown, Chavkin is a recipient of a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical, three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, multiple Lortel Award nominations, two Doris Duke Impact Award nominations, and the 2017 Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity along with Dave Malloy, with whom she is working on an upcoming adaptation of Moby Dick (A.R.T. December 2019). Her first film, Remind Me, was an official selection of the Venice and Beverly Hills Film Festivals. Proud NYTW Usual Suspect and Member SDC.

Jordan Roth is recognized as a style influencer and talented creator. As President of Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan champions shows that push the boundaries of Broadway and creates uniquely welcoming experiences for audiences and artists. He has won five Tony Awards, including Hadestown (2019 Best Musical); Angels in America (2018 Best Revival of a Play), which broke records as the most Tony-nominated play in Broadway history; Kinky Boots (2013 Best Musical); Clybourne Park (2012 Best Play) and Hair (2009 Best Revival of a Musical).

The NYTW Annual Gala raises nearly 10% of the Off-Broadway company’s annual budget. Funds raised at this one-night-only event help NYTW to mount five world class productions each season and to share them with more than 50,000 audience members. Proceeds also support NYTW’s Artist Workshop activities through which nearly 2,000 artists develop more than 80 projects each year and their Education Initiatives including Learning Workshop, Mind the Gap, and Public Programs that serve over 1,600 students of all ages.

Event tickets begin at $1,250 with tables starting at $12,500 and can be purchased at www.nytw.org or by calling 212-780-9037. Please note that the schedule for the evening is subject to change. The Gala will be chaired by Diana DiMenna, Mara Isaacs, Susan Peterson Kennedy, James L. Nederlander, Nick Scandalios, Philip J. Smith, Brian Vollmer and Robert E. Wankel.

The New York Theatre Workshop 2019/20 season will continue with Endlings, written by Celine Song (Tom & Eliza) and directed by Sammi Cannold (Evita at City Center). Endlings will begin performances on February 19, 2020 with an opening night set for March 9, for a limited run through March 29, 2020. Following Endlings will be Sanctuary City, written by Pulitzer Prize winner, NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Fellow Martyna Majok (Cost of Living, queens) and directed by Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and Smoke). Sanctuary City will begin previews on March 4, 2020 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street), and is set to open on March 24, for a limited run through April 12, 2020.

The season will conclude with a new production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters directed by Tony Award winner and NYTW Usual Suspect Sam Gold (Othello) featuring Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Golden Globe Award winner Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Season memberships are available at www.nytw.org or 212-460-5475.

NYTW is currently represented on Broadway by Hadestown, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, written by Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell, developed with and directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, currently playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

New York Theatre Workshop empowers visionary theatre-makers and brings their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers alongside powerhouse playwrights, engage inimitable genre-shaping directors, and support emerging artists in the earliest days of their careers. We’ve mounted over 150 productions from artists whose work has shaped our very idea of what theatre can be, including Jonathan Larson’s Rent; Tony Kushner’s Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright’s Quills; Claudia Shear’s Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke’s Vienna: Lusthaus; Will Power’s The Seven and Fetch Clay, Make Man; Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh’s Once; David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus; Dael Orlandersmith’s The Gimmick and Forever; and eight acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, 25 Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.